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Josh Lerner: Lessons from Venezuela’s Constitutional Referendum

On December 2, Venezuelan voters narrowly rejected 69 proposed changes to their constitution. Contrary to some reports, this does not mean that Chávez has been “defeated” or that the opposition has become the “new majority.” Roughly 4.5 million people voted against the referendum in 2007 and against Chávez in the 2006 presidential election. While the Read more…

Josh Lerner: Communal Councils in Venezuela

R arely has a basketball game competed so directly with a revolution. On this Sunday afternoon in Las Delicias, however, a communal council has taken over the sloping asphalt lot that doubles as a basketball court and the town square. Next to a pickup basketball game, the residents of this small Caracas shantytown are electing Read more…

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